The historic socialist leader Jerónimo Saavedra, first president of the Canary Islands (1983-1987 and 1991-1993) and former Minister of Education and Science and Public Administrations, died this Tuesday at the age of 87.
Saavedra (July 3, 1936), was also mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Deputy of the Common (autonomous Ombudsman).
Doctor in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and a renowned music lover, he was also the creator and promoter of the Canary Islands International Music Festival and created the Canary Islands Awards for Art, Historical Heritage and Sciences.
The funeral chapel of the socialist Canarian politician opens this Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m., in the Town Hall of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as reported by the mayor of the city, Carolina Darias.
Saavedra's death was announced during the celebration of the plenary session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands, whose president, Astrid Pérez (PP), dedicated words of praise and described him as "a great politician in the contemporary history of this community and of the country", to whose "construction" he collaborated "with sincerity and good work" and with his "dialogue and consensus" character.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has lamented the loss of Saavedra through social networks, in his 'X' profile, highlighting his commitment to Spain, the Canary Islands and the Socialist Party.
The Secretary of Organization of the Canary Islands PSOE, Nira Fierro, has praised Saavedra for his dedication to freedom and justice, after stating "Today is a sad day for Canary Islands socialism due to the loss of this highly relevant figure in regional politics and national in a stage as complex as the one he had to deal with.
Also the president of the Government of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, has regretted the death of the former Canarian president, whom he has defined as an "affable, measured, coherent person and always willing to help teach." "One of the greats of politics has left us," he said in a speech before the Plenary Session of Parliament.
Miquel Iceta has also changed his appearance during the transfer of ministerial portfolios to praise the former Canarian president. "I have not met a person more committed to his ideas, to his islands and to his country," mentioned the now former minister of culture and sports: "he was, for many people, a reference and a friend."
The President of Congress, Francina Armengol, has recalled, through her social networks, the bravery of Saavedra, her commitment to democracy, and her work "for the diversity of this country and for your land, the Canary Islands."
The new Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, Ángel Víctor Torres, has also spoken about the death of the former Canarian president through his 'X' profile, indicating that this very Monday he had been speaking with him and that he had conveyed his joy. and his commitment to public service.